Microsoft Lumia 650 pre-order for $199; shipping begins on April 1


Microsoft has finally made its latest offering,  Microsoft Lumia 650, available for pre-orders.

Users may post orders directly from its official site where it is revealed that the price tag is $199 and free shipping will begin on April 1. In case buyers encounter problems with their purchase, there will also be free returns.

The device is targeted for the mid-range market and features Dual Sim-Unlocked capability powered by Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10. It is also aimed for business as it has seamless cross-device experience with other devices that have the same firmware. Built-in security features and Office 365 setup are also integrated in order to make the transition always connected and ready for enhanced productivity.

Some of the applications included are optimized mobile version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneNote. Files are synchronized via OneDrive making them accessible anytime and anywhere when needed. While the smart assistant Cortana gives a personalized snapshot of the user’s day as it provides traffic information, weather forecast and schedule.

When it comes to the design, the screen is a 5-inch HD OLED display with 1280×720 resolution and 297 pixel-per-inch density that sits on a solid aluminium frame and covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has capacitive multi-point touch, automatic brightness control, Lumia Color profile, orientation sensor, sunlight readability enhancement and wide viewing angle.

The dimension is lightweight with a thin .27-inch profile, height of 5.59 inch, width of 2.79 inch, and weight of 4.30 ounces.

Under the hood, it is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, quad-core and clocked at 1.3Ghz partnered with 1GB of RAM and mass memory of 16GB, expandable via microSD card of up to 200GB. The battery has 2,000mAh capacity and is replaceable.

Other features are sensors for Accelerometer, Ambient light and Proximity and tactile feedback and camera of 8-megapixel for the rear lens and 5-megapixel front-facing one capable of 720p video recording. Upon purchase, out of the box accessories included are AC-18 charger, Battery, User guide and Quick guide.